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August 31, 2006
Minnesota blasts Kent State in opener 44-0
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KENT, Ohio - Converted linebacker Alex Daniels rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns to lead Minnesota over Kent State 44-0 Thursday night in Glen Mason's return to the school where he got his head coaching start.
Daniels, a highly touted linebacker whom Mason switched to running back following several losses at the position, opened the third quarter by carrying all seven times on a 56-yard touchdown drive.
The sophomore enjoyed wide open running lanes and punished Kent State's defenders with his 6-foot-3, 255-pound frame. He scored on runs of 1, 3 and 6 yards.
The Golden Gophers (1-0) forced six turnovers, including two interceptions by Jamal Harris, to dominate Kent State in what amounted to a tune up for their Sept. 9 game at No. 9 California.
Minnesota's defense twice allowed Kent State (0-1) to reach the 1-yard line in the first half, but the Golden Flashes wasted both opportunities.
Jarvis ran for 109 yards and Pruden had five catches for 118 yards.
Edelman was 7-of-13 for 150 yards and three interceptions.
Minnesota's Bryan Cupito was 8-of-14 for 146 yards and a 39-yard touchdown to Eric Decker.
Jason Giannini, who missed eight extra point attempts last season, kicked a 22-yard field goal and was 5-of-6 on PATs.
Mason was 12-10 in two seasons at Kent State (1986-87) and is the last Golden Flashes coach with consecutive winning records in the Mid-American Conference.
Kent State fell to 0-8 against the Big Ten. The Gophers were the first Big Ten team to play at Kent State.